Elwood Timothy Robinson was convicted Thursday of impersonating an officer and shooting and killing two teens in Olga in 2018.
Witnesses testified Wednesday that Robinson shot and killed victims 16-year-old Jeremy Stewart and 19-year-old William “Jody” Hughes in an execution-style manner while out in a wooded area of Olga in November 2018.
Families of the victims walked out of the courthouse holding hands, hugging and with hands on one another’s shoulders. Loved ones we spoke to told us they each went through feelings of loss that were difficult, bizarre and isolating after the murders of their loved ones. But during the day’s courtroom proceedings, they knew they were not alone.
In court, they shared feelings of relief once the man who killed Jeremy and Jody was convicted. Robinson was charged and found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated battery and assault as well.
Robinson confessed to Stewart’s and Hughes’ murders after hours of interrogation in November 2018. The recording of the interview he gave was played in court.
“I pulled the trigger. I pulled the trigger. I squeezed it,” Robinson said in the recording.
Robinson heard his words in court, so did the jury and so did the families, who has to listen to vivid descriptions of their boys’ murders.
We asked the two mothers how they felt after the conviction and what they would tell their sons if they could.
“I love him very much,” said Vicki Dunn, Jeremy’s mother. “That I would hug and very, very hard. I will tell him what a good son he is. I’m proud of him. I’m proud of the things that he wanted to do. I would just say 1 million things.”
“I’m feeling so relieved,” said Heather Cubler, Jody’s mother. “We’ve waited so long for this. My son got justice. His daughter got justice. Jeremy got justice. Our families. Everybody. My granddaughter. She’s now getting justice for her dad as well.”
While the recording of the interview played, Robinson could first be heard denying he shot the two boys.
“I didn’t shoot nobody. I can tell you that right now,” Robinson was heard in a recording. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Robinson was recorded blaming the teenagers who had gathered with friends for a bonfire in the woods near Olga. But then, he comes around and admits he showed up and pulled the trigger. Robinson said he was trying to help.
“It was on accident, man. It was on accident. It’s what it was,” Robinson said. “And now, I’m gonna get screwed. And like I said, I tried to help somebody, some damn kids.”
Robinson is scheduled to be sentenced sentenced August 10.